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Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies since 1945

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  • Date Published: April 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521833646

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  • Demonstrating how voter turnout can serve as an indicator of the health of a democracy, this study documents the conditions that can result in low voter turnout and suggests reforms that might alleviate these conditions. Mark Franklin concludes that declining turnout does not necessarily reflect reductions in civic virtue or increases in alienation. Franklin claims that turnout falls due to cumulating effects of institutional changes, a lack of competition in elections and a decision by a large proportion of the electorate not to participate as a response to the lack of competition.

    •  Theoretical approach stresses individual motivations to affect the course of public policy
    •  Theory is tested using survey data for every election conducted in 6 countries since the 1960s, and on aggregate data for every election conducted in 22 countries since 1945
    • The book uses sophisticated aggregate-level econometric modeling as well as individual-level causal modeling
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    "This remarkable book repays attention from scholars and policymakers alike. It builds on two or more generations of careful scholarship, but literally takes that work to another level--in this case, another level of analysis." - Richard Johnston, University of Pennsylvania

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521833646
    • length: 294 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.6kg
    • contains: 12 b/w illus. 24 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The authors
    1. Confronting the puzzles of voter turnout
    2. A new approach to the calculus of voting
    3. The role of generational replacement in turnout change
    4. Rational responses to electoral competition
    5. Explaining turnout change in 22 countries
    6. Electoral competition and the individual citizen
    7. Understanding turnout decline
    8. The turnout puzzles revisited
    Appendices: A. The surveys employed in this book
    B. Aggregate data for established democracies, 1945–9
    C. Supplementary findings
    Author index
    Subject index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • America Voted?
  • Author

    Mark N. Franklin, European University Institute, Florence


    Cees van der Eijk

    Diana Evans

    Michael Fotos

    Wolfgang Hirczy de Mino

    Michael Marsh

    Bernard Wessels

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